NEW YORK — Chris Carter should have had his second home run of the night and third in two games against the Red Sox. Instead, the Yankees slugger on Wednesday was robbed by Mookie Betts — and a fan.
Betts leapt at the wall in right field at Yankee Stadium with two out in the sixth inning and came down with the ball, excitedly holding up his glove as he ran in for the final out. But replays showed a fan made contact with the ball — the fan did not appear to be extended into fair territory — and unintentionally knocked the ball right into Betts’ glove.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi appeared to ask for a review for the home run, but the umpires didn’t grant one. The Red Sox had already left the field when Girardi was caught on the Yankees telecast saying, calmly, he had 30 seconds to ask for a review. It wasn’t immediately unclear whether the umpires gave him 30 seconds.
In the amount of time the umpires spent discussing whether the play could be reviewed, the play could have been reviewed. It was a strange scene overall, as CC Sabathia stopped warming up, the umpires met on the infield and YMCA played in the background.
The Red Sox were already down 5-0, so the call didn’t look likely to affect the game’s outcome.
Carter hit a three-run homer in the fourth inning on a flat Rick Porcello fastball.
All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel returned to Fort Myers on Sunday after his 4-month-old daughter underwent successful heart surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital, and the Red Sox are confident he'll be ready for Opening Day.
“Oh, yeah. Plenty,” manager Alex Cora replied when asked if Kimbrel had time to get ready for the March 29 opener against the Rays in St. Petersburg. “With him it’s a different schedule, anyway. He’ll be ready.”
Kimbrel's daughter, Lydia Joy, was born with a heart defect. He left the team Feb. 28 to be with her and his family in Boston, but pitching coach Dana Levangie said Kimbrel was on a pitching program during that time.
“The most important thing is that the family is okay with [Kimbrel returning to the Sox],” Cora said. “If they’re okay with it, we’re okay with it.”
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